ERIC Number: ED193143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Social Field Theory, Results for Conflict, 1966-69, An Inventory of Findings.
Vincent, Jack E.
Part of a large scale research project to test various theories with regard to their ability to analyze international relations, this computer printout presents data on the application of social field theory to patterns of conflict among nations. Social field theory implies that international relations is a field which consists of all the attributes and interactions of nations and their complex interrelationships, can be analytically divided into attributes and behavior, and exhibits dyad formations (interactions between two nations) in matters of behavior. In this monograph, social field theory was applied to a single index over a three year period--the World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) conflict data, which was created using the "New York Times" as a data source. Variables of particular interest included domestic violence, economic development, political stability, population density, duration of national independence, colonial experience, military power, power base, and health conditions. All of the independent variables treated are factors--that is, composite indexes generated out of a number of related variables using the technique of factor analysis. The method involved when applying social field theory to WEIS conflict data included assigning a negative or positive parameter weight on each predictive factor (such as economic development) which indicates the kind of behavioral exportation engaged in by that state relative to other states and comparing positive type nation exporters with negative type nation exporters. Comparison was performed through two modes of analysis--a discriminant function analysis on positive versus negative weight subjects for each independent variable and a correlation of factor scores. The computer printout of statistical analysis is included in the document. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peace Research Inst. Dundas (Ontario).
Note: For part one of the Canadian Collection, see ED 164 364; for other related documents, see SO 012 868-897. Best copy available.